Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Bi-weekly Devotional for the Church of the Living Savior, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 2012. Brady Tarr edited Garrett Kell’s piece. Jesus’ admonition “Judge not lest you be judged” may have implied that we should refrain from judging others. While most of the people in this culture are unfamiliar with Father Abraham, Noah’s Ark, or the Twelve Apostles, they appear to be fairly certain that the command to not judge can be found somewhere in the Scriptures. To be honest, I believe it’s safe to say that the verse that says “Judge not” is one of the most widely known in the Bible, if there is one.
True love, according to our culture and our hearts, is characterized by acceptance.
Remember that Jesus himself said that people should not pass judgment on each other.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them,” Mother Teresa, who died in 2005, once said.
- “Only God can judge me!” said the late great theologian 2Pac Shakur, who was also a rapper.
- Is it always better to stay away from something like this?
- In a court of law, what happens?
- And what, if anything, does Jesus have to say about it all?
- When it comes to judging others, especially in a court of law, what did Jesus have to say?
- One of Jesus’ teachings in the Bible, found in a book called The Gospel of Matthew, is the well-known phrase “judge not.” I used it at the outset of this devotional to illustrate my point.
- Matthew 7:1-2 is a passage of scripture.
For what reason do you notice the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but not the log that is in your own?
3 Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will be able to see clearly enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye,” the Bible says.
The fact that Jesus didn’t stop the conversation there should serve as a reminder to us not to do so either.
7:3-5 is a Bible verse about forgiveness.
4 As an example, how can you tell your brother to let you out of his eye when you yourself have a log lodged in your own?
As a result, what is the antithesis of Jesus’ teaching?
He advocated for the avoidance of a particular type of judging behavior.
He also intends for the picture he uses to be amusing in some way.
One man looks at the other and says, “Hey, you’ve got some sawdust in your eye,” while the other man has a 2×4 protruding from his eye.
Remember what Jesus said about them: “you hypocrite,” he said.
Someone who puts on a false persona in order to gain acceptance or favor.
They would put on a false persona and act in a way that was inappropriate for the situation.
Jesus wasn’t admonishing people not to pass judgment on others, as some believe.
The subject of true righteousness had been brought up in his speech to the audience earlier in the evening.
The attitude of being critical, condemning, and self-righteous toward other people was what he was teaching against in the class room.
That haughty demeanor in which you look down on others because you appear to have it all together while they evidently do not.
It’s an attitude that, if we’re being honest, is present in our own hearts as well, Our natural tendencies to be critical people are evident if we’re honest with ourselves.
We have a tendency to believe that our arguments and viewpoints are at least marginally superior to those of those with whom we disagree.
So, what makes you believe this is the case?
Because I was so insecure at the time, I’m sure there were times in my life when I was quick to judge others.
It has happened to me before when I have judged others because I believed that I had superior knowledge to them.
While we can all come up with reasons to pass judgment on others, the reality is that many of those times our ability to pass judgment has been hampered by pride or ignorance, which has prevented us from seeing things clearly.
We may misinterpret events in another person’s life as a result of this phenomenon.
The tendency to label her as conceited or conceited is natural.
Pain is something that we all go through.
When it comes to judging others, we should proceed with caution because we may misinterpret what is going on in their lives.
All of us have blind spots, and we are all susceptible to deception by our own selves.
One of the first thoughts that came to mind was to criticize my wife for not picking up her belongings from the floor.
But I want us to understand that Jesus does not say “don’t judge,” in any of this.
In His infinite wisdom, He never intended for His people to be prevented from making insightful, wise, and accurate decisions about situations or about one another.
A good thing is when the truth is revealed.
Whether I have a large piece of food stuck between my teeth or something else, I expect you to tell me the truth and will not be pleased if you do not.
As another human being created in God’s image, he has a responsibility to speak truth to me, and I expect him to do so.
As a result, Jesus’ well-known words on judging can be summarized as follows: “Do not go around with a self-righteous attitude that points out where others have failed while failing to first evaluate your own life.” Keep from acting hypocritically by pretending to have it all together while calling other people out for their sins and shortcomings.
- You must do this because God is going to judge you, and if you have not been cleansed of your own sin, your judgmental attitude toward others will be one of the things that condemns you on the last day of judgment.
- Therefore, Jesus was referring to the act of not passing judgment when He said “do not judge.” The question is, what does this mean for those who work in the legal profession?
- Our legal systems are, in fact, a branch of God’s institution of government, which He has established to maintain order in His universe.
- Consequently, Jesus does not forbid people from making legal decisions about other people.
- In the second place, Jesus believes that all decisions should be made in the best interests of the individual.
- In Deuteronomy 16:18-19, the Bible says, ” “Constitute judges and officials for each of your tribes in each town that the Lord your God is giving you; these individuals shall fairly adjudicate the citizens.” 19 Pervert the course of justice or act in a biased manner.
- Honesty is despised by God, and this is especially true among those who are entrusted with upholding the Law.
In part because they are a reflection of a universal truth about God that has been revealed to all of us.
When Jesus says “judge not,” those in positions of authority with regard to the law should make certain that there is nothing in their eye that would prevent them from making an accurate judgment.
For a variety of reasons, all of this is important, but the most important reason of all stems from Scripture, which teaches that each of us will stand before God one day to be judged.
All of the things we’ve ever done, thought about, or attempted to do.as well as our motivations.will be admitted as evidence before God when we stand before him, who is perfectly good and just.
Sorry, but this is not good.
he died as a substitute for everyone who would repent and put their faith in him in genuine faith.
For him to willingly accept our judgment and be condemned so that we could go free and live a life that pleased God was completely within his rights.
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” In other words, God did not send his Son into the world in order to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him and his work.
Those who reject Jesus’ claims will find that the evidence has already been gathered, and they will be judged by God.
You’re probably thinking to yourself right now: “This guy’s an example of someone who has a 2×4 in his eye.” And you’re absolutely right.
Yes, I understand what you’re saying, and yes, I’ve heard it said to me as well.
I’d like you to wrestle with the words of Jesus, but that’s not what I’m asking you to do. If they are correct, it will fundamentally alter the course of our lives. I’ve attempted to do so and will continue to do so. A Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Garrett Kell shares his thoughts.
Why was Jesus led into the desert in order to be tempted?
Why was Jesus sent into the desert, where he would be tempted by the devil? And, to our surprise, we discover that it was the Holy Spirit who guided Jesus to the location. So, if Jesus was sinless and always agreeable to the Father (John 8:29), why was he sent into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil and tested by the elements?
- “Then the Spirit took Jesus out into the desert, where he was tempted by the devil,” according to Matthew 4:1. “Immediately the Spirit compelled Him to walk out into the desert,” says Mark 1:12–13. 13 “And He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan
- And He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.” “And He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan.” As recorded in the Gospel of Luke 4:1–2, “After returning from the Jordan River, Jesus was taken by the Spirit into the desert 2 for forty days, where he was tormented by the devil.” In addition, he did not eat anything during those days, and when they were over, he grew hungry.”
I am unable to give you the precise reason why Jesus was permitted to be tempted since the Scriptures do not provide us with such information. However, I am able to suggest several alternatives.
Jes us’ temptation was a demonstration of his humanity
We know from the Scriptures that Jesus is God manifested in human form (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9). He possesses two unique personalities, one heavenly and one human. This is referred to as the hypostatic union. Even at the most basic level, Christ’s temptation was an acknowledgement of his human humanity. He walked, talked, matured, and was eventually executed for our sins because he was a human being first and foremost.
Wilderness preparation precedes ministry
Jesus is God in the flesh, as we know from the Bible (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9). In addition to having divine and human natures, he also has a third essence. This is referred to as the “hypostatic union” in our terminology. The temptation of Christ was, at the very least, an admission of his human nature on his part. He walked, talked, developed, and was finally executed for our sins because he was a human being like everyone else.
An example of dependence upon the word of God
We know from the Scriptures that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9). In addition to having heavenly and human natures, he also possesses two separate personalities. This is referred to as the “hypostatic union.” At the very least, Christ’s temptation served as a reminder of his human humanity. He walked, talked, grew, and was finally executed for our sins in the midst of his humanity.
- We know from the Bible that Jesus is God manifested in human form (John 1:1, 14
- Colossians 2:9). He possesses two unique natures, one heavenly and one human. This is referred to be thehypostatic union. At the very least, Christ’s temptation was an admission of his human humanity. And it was in his humanity that he moved, talked, developed, and was finally executed for our crimes.
Jesus’ reliance on God’s word is demonstrated here, and we may learn something from this. We should imitate Christ, just as Paul did, and live according to his teachings (1 Cor. 11:1). If Jesus depended on the Scriptures to help him fight temptation, then we should do the same to help us overcome temptation.
How could Jesus be tempted if he is God?
A frequently asked topic is how Jesus could be tempted if he is God manifested in human form. The solution is straightforward. There are two forms of temptation. The first is physical temptation. A person can be presented with a temptation without actually succumbing to it. For example, sports are not something I am interested in watching. But, let’s assume I had a dinner reservation with my wife arranged a week in ahead, and a buddy gives me tickets to a major sporting event taking place on the same night.
I would much prefer spend time with my wife over supper.
Please consider the passage of Scripture below.
“They forgot His deeds in a short time; they did not wait for His advice, 14 but sought desperately in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert.
According to what we can tell from the context, the Jews worshipped their God in the wilderness. God, on the other hand, was not tempted. To put it another way, it was an outward temptation rather than an internal one.
I conclude that Jesus was led into the wilderness by the spirit of God to be tempted in order to demonstrate his humanity, as a preparation for his ministry, and as an example to us of how we should rely on the word of God as our source of strength, truth, and as a means by which we can resist the temptation to sin.
Matthew 4:1 – Wikipedia
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Chapter four of Matthew’s Gospel contains the first verse of the fourth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel in the New Testament. Christ is being tempted by Satan in this line, which begins the portion in Matthew dealing with the temptation of Christ by Satan. Following his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus is brought out into the desert in this passage.
When Jesus was carried up into the desert to be tempted by the devil by the Holy Spirit, the narrative is written as follows in theKing James Versionof the Bible: The text is translated as follows in the New International Version: “Then Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” The Greek text from 1881Westcott-Hort is as follows:ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Matthew 4:1 is available in a variety of additional translations at BibleHub.
The Spirit, most likely theHoly Ghost, who was notably referenced two lines earlier inMatthew 3:16, is clearly identified as the one who accompanies Jesus into the wilderness, according to the text. France asserts that, while Satan’s objectives were his own, the trial of Jesus was a divinely sanctioned event. France is likewise of the opinion that tempted is a bad translation. He asserts that the devil is wasting Jesus’ time. Moving uphill geographically is particularly referred to as “led up,” and it is most likely associated with going from the Jordan River’s west bank to a higher latitude in the wilderness, as in “led up.” The precise language, according to Keener, might possibly be an allusion to God bringing his people into the desert in the book of Exodus.
- Jones notes that the mountainous and desolate territory between Jerusalem and Jericho has been thought to represent the wilderness indicated here since the 5th century, according to Jones.
- Jones points out that this was an encounter between Jesus and the devil on the devil’s turf.
- Other academics, such as those in France, disagree, claiming that the wilderness was regarded clean and sacred in contrast to the polluting urban areas.
- In subsequent ages, journeying into the desert to engage in fight with demons became a significant element of the monastic tradition’s repertoire.
- It is implied that Jesus will not sin this time, and that mankind will be saved as a result.
- Gundry, on the other hand, maintains the widely held belief that the connection to the desert is an allusion to the Israelites following the Exodus, and especially to Moses himself.
- It appears that both names were recognized to be the name of a specific creature at the time Matthew was writing, even though their literal translations are as follows: accuser The devil is not described in length in Matthew.
- It is not mentioned in the Bible, and the tail and pitchfork, as well as other embellishments, were all added after the fact by subsequent writers.
- Over time, probably as a result of the impact of Iranian dualism, Satan came to be seen as the chief opponent, and this was the perspective that prevailed at the time of the writing of the gospels.
“Why did He submit Himself to temptation?” Augustine inquires in his treatise on the Trinity. “That He may be our mediator in vanquishing temptation not only by help, but also by example,” he explains in response.
The following are examples of early manuscripts that include the wording of this verse:
- Papyrus 101 (250)
- Codex Vaticanus (325-350)
- Codex Sinaiticus (330-360)
- Codex Bezae (400)
- Codex Washingtonianus (400)
- Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (450)
- Codex Bezae (450)
Pseudo-Chrysostom: After being baptized by John with water, the Lord is taken by the Spirit into the desert where he is baptized by the fire of temptation, according to the Gospel of John. ‘Then,’ that is, when the voice of the Father had been heard from the heavenly realm. Chrysostom: (Hom. xiii.) Whosoever thou art then, and whoever thou sufferest painful trials after thy baptism, do not be concerned by them; for it is for this reason that thou hast acquired arms, not to remain inactive. The Devil will not come upon us to tempt us if he does not believe that we have advanced to greater honours.
- Gregory the Great (Greek: ): (Hom.
- However, the widely held belief that it was the Holy Spirit who led him to the location where the evil spirit was waiting to test him is correct and without question consistent with the context.
- 13: “He offered Himself to temptation in order to be our mediator in defeating temptation not only by aid, but also by example.” According to Pseudo-Chrysostom, he was guided by the Holy Spirit, rather than acting as an inferior at the behest of a superior.
- Jerome: I’m being led, not against His will, nor as a prisoner, but by a desire to be in the middle of a battle.
In order to understand temptation, we should understand that there are three modes of temptation: suggestion, delight, and consent; and when we are tempted, we most commonly fall into delight or consent because we are born of the sin of the flesh, which we carry with us and from which we derive strength for the contest; but God, who became incarnate in the Virgin’s womb and came into the world without sin, carried within Him nothing of a contrary nature.
- He might then be tempted by suggestion; but, the pleasure of sin never gnawed at His soul, and as a result, all of the Devil’s seduction was external to Him rather than internal to Him.
- Ordinaria Glossa: Ordinary slang in honor of Anselm.) This desert is the area between Jerusalem and Jericho, and it was here that the robbers used to hide out in the past.
- As a result, it seemed appropriate that the location where Christ defeated the Devil should be the same location where the Devil defeats man in the tale.
- Because they are not satisfied to remain idle, but the Holy Spirit prompts them to undertake a significant task, namely, to journey into the desert where they will come face to face with the Devil; for there is no wickedness with which the Devil is delighted.
- Every one of God’s sons is dispatched to such a desert in order that they may be tempted.
- A married man, on the other hand, is unaffected by such temptation.
- In order to avoid being seduced by the Devil, the Devil’s offspring do not go out to meet him.
Although they are more confident and desirous of triumph, the sons of God go forth against him beyond the limitations of their physical bodies. As a result, Christ went out to the Devil in order to be tempted by him for this reason.
- R.T. France’s The Gospel According to Matthew: an Introduction and Commentary is a classic work of biblical scholarship. abFrance, R.T. The Gospel of Matthew.Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 pg. 129
- Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of Matthew.Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 pg. 129
- AbFrance, R.T. The Gospel of Matthew.Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 pg. 129
- AbFrance, R.T. The Matthew’s Gospel is discussed in this commentary. P. 137 in W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company’s 1999 book Alexander Jones is the author of this work. The Gospel of St. Matthew is a collection of stories about the life of Jesus Christ. Geoffrey Chapman, 1965
- London: Geoffrey Chapman Robert H. Gundry’s Matthew: A Commentary on His Literary and Theological Art is a commentary on Matthew Gundry’s literary and theological art. The William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1982
- William F. Albright and C.S. Mann, eds. “Matthew.” The Anchor Bible Series is a collection of books about the Bible. Originally published in New York by DoubledayCompany in 1971. J. David Thomas, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXIV (London: 1997), pp. 2–4
- “Liste Handschriften” (List of Handwritten Documents). The Institute for New Testament Textual Research is located in Münster, Germany. retrieved on the 27th of August, 2011
Christ is tested in the wilderness
Christ, according to Matthew At the Jordan River, Jesus was baptized and received the Holy Spirit for the first time. The Savior was then brought “into the desert” by the Holy Spirit, according to the apostle, “where he was tempted by the devil.” Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days and forty nights. He had a strong desire to eat. “And when the tempter came to him,” Matthew remarked, as if to imply that Satan would attack at times of seclusion and bodily weakness was to be expected. What happened here is one of the most beautiful episodes recorded in the Gospels, and here is why that is the case: Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
- The devil exulted, convinced that he had effectively shut the door of Paradise behind him.
- “And I will set enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her offspring,” God said Satan in the Garden.
- In this instance of temptation and at the crucifixion, Christ damaged Satan’s skull by defeating Satan’s power over mankind, thereby breaking Satan’s authority over people.
- While it was essential for the Savior to suffer and die for us, it was God’s perfect design that Satan would only bruise the tiniest bit of Christ’s flesh throughout his trial and execution.
- In the Garden, he inquired as to whether God would truly deprive them.
- The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man shall not live on bread alone.” Jesus used this verse.
As an alternative, Jesus would place his confidence in His heavenly Father to provide for him.
If He actually was God’s Son, he could leap from that height and angels would protect him from being hurt or killed.
Jesus in Jerusalem would have received extensive and quick notice as a result of this, without a doubt.
The devil is well-versed in the use of Scripture to seduce people.
The last temptation occurred when Satan led Christ to the top of a mountain, where he pointed out the kingdoms of the earth.
“Get thee hence, Satan,” Jesus answered in response, and then quoted from Deuteronomy 6:13 to say, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him alone must thou serve.” The devil was unsuccessful in his attempt to seduce our Lord.
“For we do not have a high priest who is immune to the feelings of our infirmities, but one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). Ed Wilcox, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, is the author of the Sunday School Lesson for this week.
Into the Wilderness – For Pastors, Preachers, & Teachers, by David Guzik
Greetings, Pastors, Preachers, and Bible Teachers! Do you recall this event from Jesus’ life? Do you remember what happened next? Then the Spirit took Jesus into the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days and forty nights. Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:17) Following Jesus’ identification with sinful humanity by His baptism, the Holy Spirit guided Him to the desert, where He was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was “drove” to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, which is an even harsher statement.
- It is one of our most cherished desires.
- For some reason, I have the impression that if I follow the Spirit’s leading, life will be a continuous progression from one wonderful experience to another if I am truly directed by the Spirit.
- The contrast between the “then” associated with the splendour of Jesus’ baptism and the “now” associated with His trial in the desert was striking.
- Then there were the large throng; now there is isolation and stillness.
- First came the voice of His Father, calling Him “Beloved Son,” and then the hiss of Satan, who was tempting Him.
- Then there was the water of baptism, and now there is the fire of temptation.
- In other words, if the Holy Spirit has guided you to these difficulties, or even drove you to them, God will utilize them for his purposes in the future.
- Don’t be intimidated by your circumstances; if God is on your side, who can stand in your way?
- Always keep in mind that Adam fell short in a gorgeous paradise, but Jesus triumphed in a desolate wasteland.
- Blessings on you in the name of Jesus – David Guzik is a musician from New York City.
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 4:1-11 – New International Version
4Then the Spirit took Jesus into the desert, where he was temptedB) by Satan “>(B)as a result of the devil C)”>(C) Following a forty-day and forty-night fasting period, D) “>(D)he was in need of food. Three days later, the tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, F)”>(F)transform these stones into bread.” Four times Jesus responded: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by food alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” “G) The letter G stands for “God is great.” “> The following is an example of a formalized formalized formalized (G) 5After then, the devil transported him to the holy city H) “>(H)and ordered him to take a position on the temple’s highest point.
6 “If you are the Son of God,” I) says the narrator “”Throw yourself on the ground,” he commanded.
“I will give you everything,” he replied, if you will only bend down and worship me.
L) “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him exclusively.’ As soon as the demon left him, N)”>(N)angels appeared and took care of him.” M)”>(M)11Then the devil left him, N)”>(N)angels came to his aid.
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Then the Spirit took Jesus into the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days and forty nights. In the midst of his fasting for forty days and forty nights, he became hungry. In response, the tempter approached him and said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become food.” “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Jesus said. “Man shall not survive on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The devil then transported him to the sacred city, where he was forced to stand on the highest pinnacle of the temple.
“It is also said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test,'” Jesus responded.
Then he said, “Will you kneel down and worship me?” “All of this I will give you,” he answered.
Because it says in the Bible, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.” The devil then left him, and angels appeared and took care of him for the rest of his life.
Was Jesus Tempted?
When Jesus was brought into the desert, he was confronted by the devil, who offered him temptations. A hungry man was waiting for him after a 40-day, 40-night fast. “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become food,” the tempter exclaimed as he approached him. “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Jesus said. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The devil then transported him to the holy city and forced him to stand on the temple’s highest peak.
- “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test,'” Jesus said.
- Then he said, “Will you kneel down and worship me?” “All of this I will give you,” he replied.
- ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone,’ it says in the Bible.
- Matthew 4:11 – 15
When and Where was Jesus Tempted?
When it comes to coping with the period of temptation, there are three words that stand out. Matthew begins the story with the word “then,” and Mark uses the word “straightway” in this context, which is a characteristic word of the Gospel. The book of Luke begins with the word “and.” These words “then,” “straightway,” and “and” demonstrate the connection between the temptation and what came before it, and thus identify the time of its occurrence with great clarity. “After that, Jesus was led up by the Spirit.” When did this happen?
- ” Here, the emphasis is placed even more heavily on the fact that the temptation occurred immediately following the baptism.
- was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days and nights.
- As a result, the first act of the new phase of service was the testing of the Servant, which culminated in His complete victory over the adversary Satan.
- TheanointingSpirit had indicated that He was prepared for what lay ahead of Him.
The entire experience of baptism must have brought great satisfaction to Christ’s heart, and now, in the conscious strength of victory already achieved, He journeys into the gloom and loneliness of the wilderness in order to be tested and, as a result of the testing, to demonstrate His strength.
- According to Matthew, “into the wilderness,” according to Mark, “forth into the wilderness,” and according to Luke, “in the wilderness.” Traditionally, it is believed that the temptation occurred in the wilderness.
- Jesus now occupies the position of the second Man, the last Adam.
- He is referred to as “the second Adam” far too frequently.
- It speaks of the “last Adam.” The first Adam was the head of a race.
- The last Adam, then, passing into temptation, went to the wilderness, into single and lonely combat with the enemy.
No foe other than the captain of the hosts of evil is opposed to Him there, and no friend other than the God in Whose hand His breath is, and Whose are all His ways, is with Him. The wilderness is the place of immediate dealing with evil. All secondary things are swept aside.
Was it Satan Who Tempted Jesus?
As for the agent of temptation, Matthew refers to it as “to be tempted by the devil,” Mark refers to it as “Tempted by Satan,” and Luke refers to it as “Tempted by the devil.” When it comes to Jesus’ wilderness encounter with Satan, the emphasis should be placed on the fact that he came face to face with Lucifer, a fallen angel who had fallen from his lofty position as ruler of the first rank ofheaven and who was now in the position of leader over Satan’s armies during his wilderness sojourn.
- There have been several attempts to provide other explanations for the desire.
- The fact that all of this is purely imaginative and has not the smallest biblical foundation must lead to its dismissal as untrue on the spot.
- This is just as unjustified as the previous one.
- However, there is no need to waste time on these fruitless attempts to cast doubt on the historical truth of the biblical account.
Meaning and Significance of the Temptation of Jesus
In order to understand the significance of the temptation, we must go to the gospel stories. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit,” Matthew writes; Mark says “the Spirit drove Him,” and Luke says He “was led up by the Spirit.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke are all correct. The one fact that has been stated in these many ways must be remembered at all costs if the real significance of this temptation is to be grasped. A Divine plan was in the process of being formulated. In other words, Jesus’ meeting with Satan and trial did not “happen,” to borrow an overused metaphor.
- Temptation is part of the Divine design and purpose in this situation.
- If the devil had the opportunity to flee on that particular day, I am convinced it would have been done.
- However, the entire Divine narrative demonstrates that the facts were quite the opposite.
- This is not the approach used by the devil.
- He tries to keep his own individuality hidden as much as he can.
- His position was changed by Jesus, who pulled him from behind everything and placed him in front of everything so that he might do his worst against a pure soul for once, rather than via the subtlety of a second cause.
- It took forty days for him to be tempted by the adversary, during which time he was still guided by the Holy Spirit throughout the entire process.
- The only place He resisted was in His flawless Manhood, not in His Deity.
- In this way, the Man Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, where he continued to be guided by the Spirit throughout the entire process of temptation.
G. Campbell Morgan’s The Crises of the Christ, Book III, Chapter X, is the source for this adaptation. Photograph courtesy of Pexels/Jeswin Thomas
What “Spirit” led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan?
Matthew 4:1AMP – 1 (AMP – 1) THEN JESUS was taken (directed) into the wilderness (desert) by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted (tested and tried) by the devil for forty days and forty nights. Kofi Owusu asked on June 30th, 2016, “ClarifyShareReport.” The responses from the community are arranged according to how many people voted for them. The greater the number of votes, the higher the position of an answer on the list. A voice from the heavens led Jesus into the desert, and it was the voice that had just manifested in visible form during Jesus’ baptism in the previous chapter of Matthew’s gospel.
When Moses spoke to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:2-3 as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, and in a passage from which Jesus Himself quoted to Satan, Moses said, “When you come into the Promised Land, you will be like God.” “You must recall all of the paths that the LORD your God has taken you in the wilderness during these forty years, so that He may humble you and test you, in order to determine what was in your heart and whether or not you would follow his commandments or not.
He humbled you and allowed you to go hungry, then fed you with manna that you were not familiar with and that neither you nor your fathers had ever heard of, in order to make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” As a way of completely identifying with people in their frailty, Jesus was tested in a similar way, but He triumphed on our behalf by exhibiting His reliance on and devotion to God, while at the same time refraining from testing God by excessively or foolishly counting upon His protection.
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The First Sunday of Lent: Jesus is tempted in the desert // Faith at Marquette // Marquette University
As one Bible scholar pointed out, if Jesus had not revealed this event to some of his disciples, it would not have been included in the stories of his life and work. He is depicted as being susceptible to the deceptions of Satan. In the aftermath of his baptism, why would Jesus go into the desert for a forty-day retreat? For the same reason, individuals go on retreat: to reflect on who they are, where they are heading, and how they will get there in the best possible way.
The blurring of one’s perspective on life occurs as a result of all the noise and bustle of everyday existence. At his baptism, Jesus required time to process the revelation of his identity revealed to him by the words of his Father: “You are my beloved Son, and my favor is upon you.”
At that point, Jesus was brought into the desert by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted by the devil. He had fasted for forty days and forty nights and had become hungry as a result. “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones be transformed into loaves of bread,” the tempter said as he approached him and added. “It is written: ‘One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,'” he remarked in response. He was then taken to the sacred city, where the devil forced him to stand on the parapet of the temple and demanded that he throw himself down since he was the Son of God.
“Again, it is stated, you shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test,” Jesus said.
It is written: “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and you shall serve him alone,” says the Bible.
Reflection from the Preface of the Mass:
Because of his forty-day fast, this is considered a holy season of self-denial. Choosing to reject Satan’s temptations has taught us to cleanse ourselves of the hidden corruption of evil, and in doing so to eat his paschal feast with purity of heart until we reach the fulfillment of the meal’s completion in the promised land of heaven.
Suggestions for Reflection
- Jesus was tested in the same way that we are. Temptations are not inherently harmful
- Rather, it is how we respond to them that determines whether we turn to God or away from God. Were we tempted by temptations as a means of turning to God rather than relying on our own resources? Is there a difference between the ways Jesus was tempted and the ways we are tempted, or is there a similarity? Satan is inviting Jesus to deny his status as the Son of God, which is hidden under the surface of the various temptations he faces. Temptations, aren’t they, an encouragement to abandon the sort of person we want to be and instead turn to harmful means of satisfying ourselves? By refusing to give in to the temptations, Jesus opted to rely on his Father to fulfill his deepest hunger, to relate to people in a normal way, and to not place his trust in his reputation, power, or wealth to provide for him. How can we sate our most insatiable cravings? Do we rely on our position of prominence and power to make ourselves acceptable to others
- And Are we going to utilize the forty days of Lent as a time of retreat, setting aside time for extra introspection and prayer